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Denise Welch confirms son Matty Healy is engaged to model Gabbriette

The 1975 frontman will tie the knot with the US model.

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The 1975 frontman Matty Healy is engaged to model Gabbriette, his mother Denise Welch has confirmed.

The Loose Women star said she “couldn’t be more thrilled” as she confirmed the news after the couple sparked speculation by sharing photos of the model wearing a large black ring on the finger usually reserved for engagement rings.

Speaking on ITV’s Loose Women, Welch said: “He’s got engaged to Gabriella Bechtel, Gabbriette as she’s known as.

“A black diamond, he had it made for her, and I couldn’t be more thrilled.

Matty Healy from The 1975 sings on stage holding a microphone and a bottle
Matty Healy and Taylor Swift are rumoured to have had a brief romance in June 2023 (Euan Cherry/PA)

“She’s from Los Angeles, she’s absolutely gorgeous, she does have a rat.

“We couldn’t be happier, she’s everything I would want in a daughter-in-law.”

The news comes as Healy’s rumoured former flame Taylor Swift continues the UK leg of her blockbuster Eras tour.

British singer Healy, 35, the son of Welch and Benidorm star Tim Healy, first sparked speculation he was set to tie the knot after he reposted a photo on Instagram that showed his girlfriend wearing a large black ring.

The model, 26, first shared the photo on her own Instagram story and wrote: “Marrying The 1975 is very brat.” She also tagged Healy.

Healy reposted the photo on his own story.

Brat appears to be a reference to the new album by singer Charli XCX, who is engaged to The 1975 drummer George Daniel.

Bechtel previously appeared in the music video for Charli’s single 360 and has modelled for designers including Versace and Alexander Wang.

Healy and Swift are rumoured to have had a brief romance in June 2023 after the superstar split from actor Joe Alwyn.

A number of songs from her latest album The Tortured Poets Department, which feature on the new Eras tour setlist, are thought to be about him.

But Daddy I Love Him, Down Bad, Fortnight, The Smallest Man Who Ever Lived and I Can Do It With A Broken Heart are widely interpreted to be about their rumoured romance and featured in her shows in Edinburgh at the weekend.

She is also expected to play them when she takes to the stage at Anfield in Liverpool for three shows from Thursday, before bringing the tour to Cardiff, London and Dublin.

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